There also were some articles talking about the Foleo experience that I found heartening. From David Beers Software Everywhere blog:
I was looking at the Flash demo and still scratching my head a bit before the webcast of Palm's new product announcement when my wife walked into the room. It took her about 15 seconds to figure out that the Foleo is the small personal computer she's been seeking for a few years now. She is not at all a gadget freak. In fact, it was only after I explained to her how the Foleo works that she finally relented and said she now wants a smartphone, too. Hey Palm! She's available if you need someone to do infomercials about this thing!
And from an article on TreoCentral about an interview with Jeff Hawkins:
In between interviews, as I waited for for my turn for a real hands-on, a funny thing happened. I found myself itching for a Foleo. I had an hour to kill and my standard MO is to just whip out my Treo and browse some web pages and write some email. But suddenly the screen seemed too small, the way that Pocket IE renders web pages too cumbersome. I could have brought out my laptop, but it's awfully big - I was sitting at the bar while I waited and pulling out a 15" Macbook Pro seemed a bit much. Somehow the Foleo had crept into my subconscious and was quietly whispering to me: "I'm exactly what you want right now."
Finally, ComputerWorld's mobile columnist also seems to understand what we're trying to do in his two-part blog entry (Part 1 and Part 2).
In the home market, the Foleo basically becomes a $500 computer. With the right applications, this can tap a market of people who just are not going to spend $1,000 for a laptop but who can see the advantage of having a computer that they can pack up and get out of the way when they want and carry wherever they want. It also is going to be lighter than most, if not all, laptops -- another advantage of not having a hard drive. And home users can rent their software and access it over the Internet through Web portals without installing and maintaining it on their mobile devices. This can be cheaper and easier, and it eliminates the problems of upgrades and of moving everything to a replacement computer when the old device finally dies.